Miami was fielding offers for Steve Cishek and a deal has reportedly been agreed upon. According to Clark Spencer of The Miami Herald, the Cardinals have acquired Cishek from the Marlins in exchange for Double-A pitcher Kyle Barraclough.
#marlins to receive double A RHP Kyle Barraclough from cardinals for Steve Cishek— clarkspencer (@clarkspencer) July 24, 2015
Cishek has struggled at times to this point in 2015, posting a 4.50 ERA and 3.44 FIP over 32.0 innings. He opened the season as the Marlins' closer but had difficulty throwing strikes and was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans for a brief time. He has only saved three contests in 2015 but might be a bounce back candidate and thrive in the back of St. Louis' bullpen.
MLB.com adds St. Louis will pick up the remainder of Cishek's $6.65 million 2015 salary. He is slated to become a free agent at the end of the season.
While the Marlins lose a late inning arm, they add another in Barraclough. He has spent time between both Single and Double-A this season, posting a 2.27 ERA and converting 12 out of 13 save opportunities.
After losing Cishek, the Marlins have recalled Andre Rienzo to pitch out of the bullpen. The Blue Jays, Twins, Red Sox, Cardinals, and Dodgers were all known to be interested in Cishek.
Trading Cishek might be the first of many moves the Marlins make before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. Mat Latos, Dan Haren, and Michael Morse are other Marlins drawing interest.